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2023 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the American Arachnology Society will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York from 25 – 29 June 2023. 

Meeting hosts are Dr. Linda S. Rayor, Cornell University, and Dr. Matthias Foellmer, Adelphi University. 

Ithaca is in the ‘gorges’ Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY in a scenic rural area with moderate summer temperatures.  Our keynote speakers are Dr. Daiqin Li (National University of Singapore), Dr. Hannah Wood (Smithsonian -National Museum of Natural History), and another guest speaker.  Currently symposia include: 1. Ecology of parasites and parasitoids of arachnids, 2. Sensory Ecology, 3. Quantitative behavioral analysis, as well as others under discussion.  We encourage more symposia.  Participants may stay in new dormitories on campus near a wooded lake.  Help us plan for this year’s meeting!  Early registration will open in late April.  Everyone is welcome!

Contact: aas2023@~@americanarachnology.org

Meeting Website: https://www.americanarachnology.org/aas-meetings/aas-meeting-2023/

Premeeting Survey: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3xDM4F2pHVGusce

Meeting Dates: 25 June – 29 June 2023.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Sunday, 25 June – Reception*
  • Monday, 26 June – Presentations
  • Tuesday, 27 June - Presentations
  • Wednesday, 28 June – Presentations, Closing Banquet
  • Thursday, 29 June – Field Trip

*Possible workshop, as well.

Housing: In new dormitories on north campus.  Dorms include wifi, air-conditioned suites, access to pool, gym facilities.  Dormitories are a 10 to 15 wooded walk across a small lake to the lecture hall.  There are buses from dorms onto campus and into town.

Hotel option on campus and many hotels in the surrounding town including one with a free shuttle to campus.

Food: Dining Halls with diverse food options available near dorms, as well as many eateries on campus near the lecture hall.

The Cornell University campus includes the Department of Entomology Comstock Hall (named after John Henry and Anna B. Comstock), Cornell Botanic Gardens, Lab of Ornithology, Johnson Museum of Art, Dairy Bar with premium ice cream from Cornell’s cows.  The campus includes wooded areas, one lake, gorges, hills, arboretum, and gardens.

Scenic Ithaca is located at the southern end of Cayuga Lake in Central New York in the Finger Lakes Region. Cayuga Lake is 40 miles long and roughly 1 mile wide. Ithaca truly is “Gorges” as there are two gorges on campus and 150 waterfalls within 10 miles. Major State Parks and National Wildlife Refuges within 45-min of Ithaca include Taughannock Falls SP, Buttermilk Falls, Watkins Glen, and Montezuma’s Refuge.  There are 25 wineries on Cayuga Lake and over 100 wineries, craft breweries and distilleries in the region.  https://www.touropia.com/things-to-do-in-ithaca-ny/

The average temperature is in the low to mid-80’s in late June.

Getting to Ithaca: Ithaca is ‘centrally isolated’ with state highways into town.

Driving: 4.5 hrs from NYC; 1.5 hr drive from Syracuse, Rochester, or Binghamton

Flying: Ithaca Tompkins International Airport currently has Delta and United airlines, but other airlines should be active by summer.  Shuttles available from Syracuse Airport.

We request assistance putting the meeting together.  Please volunteer.


  1. Be a part of the organizing team with Drs. Rayor and Foellmer.  It takes a team!
  2. Need program organizers.
  3. Suggest symposia that you will organize!
  4. Assist with the virtual programing.
  5. Suggest and organize pre-meeting outreach or professional development workshops.
  6. In the spring, meet with new students to discuss what it is like at professional meetings or plan other mentoring experiences.

Meetings need the financial support of donors and advertisers.  If you know possible donors, have them contact the organizers at aas2023@~@americanarachnology.org